Laurel station (MARC)
|MARC Commuter rail station|
|Location||22 Main Street, Laurel, Maryland|
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Bicycle facilities||Yes; 10 lockers|
|2018||680 daily 2.7% (MARC)|
Laurel Railroad Station
|Location||East Main Street|
|Architect||Ephraim Francis Baldwin|
|Architectural style||Queen Anne|
|NRHP reference No.||73002165|
|Added to NRHP||March 30, 1973|
The Laurel railroad station was originally constructed in 1884 for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad along the railroad's Washington Branch, about halfway between Baltimore and Washington, DC. The architect was E. Francis Baldwin. The structure is constructed of brick, and is one and a half stories, modified rectangle in form with overhanging gabled and hipped roof sections with brackets and terra cotta cresting, and an interior chimney. There is a louvered lunette in one gable, stick work in another, and fish-scale shingling under truncated hipped section; shed shelter, segmental arched openings. It is Queen Anne in style. It is nearly identical in plan and dimensions to the Gaithersburg, Maryland station Baldwin designed, also built in 1884, although the rooflines and settings are quite different.
A fire gutted the interior of the station, and damaged its roof and brick walls, in January 1992.
In February 2009, Vice President Joe Biden, Governor Martin O'Malley, and Senator Ben Cardin gave a speech at Laurel station to gain support for an economic stimulus package in Congress that would provide funding to rebuild the station platform, among many other Maryland infrastructure projects. The funding bill passed and by mid-March, construction fencing went up for an anticipated six months of work on a new platform and other station improvement.
- "MARC Station Information". Maryland Transit Administration. Retrieved May 13, 2017.
- "December 2018 MARC performance (for Nov 18) – Ridership" (PDF). Maryland Transportation Authority. Retrieved 8 January 2020.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. April 15, 2008.
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- Media related to Laurel (MARC station) at Wikimedia Commons
- Laurel Railroad Station, Prince George's County, Inventory No.: PG:LAU-6, including photo in 1975, at Maryland Historical Trust website
- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) No. MD-973, "Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Station, Laurel, 101 Lafayette Avenue, Laurel, Prince George's County, MD", 14 photos, 9 data pages, 1 photo caption page
- Main Street entrance from Google Maps Street View